Environment and planning

Sydenham to Bankstown planning approval

The Environmental Impact Statement for Sydenham to Bankstown covers the upgrade and conversion of the existing Bankstown Line to metro standards.

The EIS was on public exhibition from 13 September to 8 November 2017. Sydney Metro will collate the responses received and release a Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report in 2018.

More information

Sydenham to Bankstown Environmental Impact Statement Overview – September 2017

Chatswood to Sydenham planning approval

The Chatswood to Sydenham EIS covers the construction and operation of the Sydney Metro rail line from Chatswood to Sydenham. This 16.5 kilometre section of the rail line almost entirely comprises of underground rail tunnels (including beneath Sydney Harbour) and new stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street, Waterloo, and new underground platforms at Central.

The EIS was on public exhibition from 11 May to 27 June 2016 and received more than 300 submissions. Sydney Metro collated the responses received during the EIS exhibition period, and released a Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report (available in the Document Library). This report included a number of key changes as a result of feedback received. The Minister for Planning approved the Chatswood to Sydenham EIS on 9 January 2017.

Planning modifications

The Chatswood to Sydenham section of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project received planning approval in January 2017.

Since then, Transport for NSW has been working to refine the project to maximise the benefits for customers and the community. These modifications represent better outcomes for the community, with the changes providing improved social and environmental solutions.

Planning modifications have been lodged with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for assessment for the following changes to the project:

Under assessment

  • Martin Place: to facilitate the fully integrated station and over station development solution proposed by Macquarie Group Limited, if their unsolicited proposal to the NSW Government is successful


Victoria Cross and Artarmon Substation modification was approved on 18 October 2017 and includes:

  • Victoria Cross services building and new station entrance: following further investigation works, a new location for the services building will reduce the impact on local stakeholders and provide a larger, more connected station
  • Artarmon substation: as a result of community feedback, a new location within the Artarmon Industrial Area will reduce the impact on the local community
  • Central Walk: a new underground concourse to provide better connections to Sydney Metro platforms, light rail and throughout Central Station following consultation with the community
  • Sydenham Station and Sydney Metro Trains Facility South: to allow work to start sooner on this major part of the project.

More information:

Environmental management

Sydney Metro City & Southwest has a Construction Environmental Management Framework in place that sets out the minimum environmental management standards to be implemented on the project. The framework, in conjunction with the Construction Environment Management Plans, helps ensure Sydney Metro and its contractors comply with statutory and planning requirements through Environmental Impact Statements and Construction Environmental Management Plans.

Environmental management documentation

The Construction Environmental Management Framework and the planning approvals require the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project to produce a number of documents to enforce the management and monitoring of environmental impacts. These impacts may relate to:

  • noise and vibration
  • traffic and transport
  • local businesses
  • landscape and visual amenity
  • groundwater and geology
  • soil and water quality
  • flooding and hydrology
  • air quality
  • waste management.

Environmental management documentation is typically produced in the form of management plans, impact statements, monitoring reports and specialist consultant reports. Sydney Metro City & Southwest environmental management documentation is accessible from the Sydney Metro document library and the project’s contractor websites:

Approval of the Clyde barging facility

Transport for New South Wales has approved the establishment of a barging facility next to the Parramatta River near Camellia for the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project. The facility will be located within Viva Energy Australia’s Clyde Terminal on Durham Street.  

The Clyde barging facility will receive barges carrying machinery and excavated material from the Barangaroo and Blues Point sites. These materials will be transferred from barges to trucks, which will transfer the materials to various locations throughout Sydney and NSW using the arterial road network. The facility will be established from May 2018 and is expected to operate from July 2018 until early 2020.

The Clyde barging facility was approved after a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) which assessed the impacts of this facility and outlined appropriate environmental mitigation measures. The REF was on display on the Sydney Metro website and at the Ermington Branch Library between Friday 15 December 2017 and Monday 15 January 2018 for community and stakeholder comment.

In response to comments received, there have been changes to the way the facility will operate. These changes, along with the Conditions of Approval, are included in a Determination Report which is available at sydneymetro.info/documents.

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